The newest Porsche Cayenne is scheduled be unwrapped by the end of the month after completing endurance tests worth 2.7 million miles. Since we are just a few weeks away from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, automakers have been releasing teasers of their IAA-bound vehicles. And for Porsche, it is the 2018 Cayenne, or the third-generation model that was first introduced in 2002. Since the Cayenne was first introduced to the public, the company had delivered over 760,000 units already, this tells us how important this model is for the company’s lineup.
Even before it makes its official debut on August 29, the 2018 Cayenne is already making a lot of noise, with a number of images as well as videos with some interesting content - the fact that it had to endure a series of tests. Overall, pre-production models and prototypes of the SUV went through a total of 4.4 million kilometers (2.7M miles) during test drives in various weather conditions, where temperature ranged from -45 to 50 degrees Celsius (-49 to 122 Fahrenheit). These prototypes also went through virtual simulations and real world testing, which is often the final examination that Porsche does.
Other that those tests, Porsche even gave the 2018 Cayenne extreme tests that are beyond real-life experiences, to really ensure a high level of quality for the production model. By driving across country roads, motorways and city streets, prototypes have covered up to 240,000 kilometers (149,130 miles).
Initially, the 2018 Cayenne was given a codename “E3”, and we first thought that it may actually be a completely new vehicle. The E3 was brought to several countries like Alaska, Death Valley, Dubai, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, Japan, South America and many more to do tests. Apart from being driven on country roads, it had to go on several tracks too including Italy’s high-speed Nardo circuit, the Hockenheimring in Germany, and of course, the Nordschleife.
Overall, the 2018 Cayenne will be losing a lot of weight. It will be based on the MLB platform like the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga and the VW Touareg exclusive to European countries only. It will have an output that is close to 700 horsepower too. The third generation will have an evolutionary exterior design, while the cabin will remind anyone of a Panamera.
Next week, the Porsche Cayenne will make its online debut before it heads to the Frankfurt Motor Show in September for thousands more to see. It is scheduled to go on sale in Europe before 2018, and is set to arrive sometime during the first half next year in the United States.